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Guns N' Roses Play Special Tribute To Chris Cornell

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell with a performance of Soundgarden's 1994 smash, "Black Hole Sun", during their May 27 show before 80,000 fans at Slane Castle in Ireland and video from the event has surfaced online.

"We wish we were doing it, of course, under much better circumstances," Axl Rose told the crowd, "but this man was loved." As the last notes of "Black Hole Sun" faded away, Rose added simply, "For Chris."

Bassist Duff McKagan had close ties to Cornell as part of the Seattle music community, and the two performed together with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2015 as part of a reunited lineup of the local supergroup Mad Season.

Cornell was laid to rest during a private memorial service at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on May 26 after being found dead in a Detroit hotel following a Soundgarden concert at the city's Fox Theatre on May 17. Watch the tribute performance here.

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KISS Farewell Event May Be Free Says Gene Simmons

(hennemusic) Gene Simmons is hinting that a global KISS farewell event, which he says may be free, in the next few years will spell the end of the band as they begin to consider plans for retirement.

"We're the hardest-working band in show business," Simmons tells Glasgow Live during the group's current UK tour. "I wear over forty pounds of studs and armor and all that stuff, seven-inch platform heels, spit fire and have to fly through the air and do all that stuff. If Bono or Mick Jagger, who we all love, had to dress up and do what I do, they couldn't last an hour - they just couldn't.

"In hindsight," he continued, "it would have been smarter to be a U2 or The Stones, to wear some sneakers and a t-shirt and you're comfortable. No, we had to do it the hard way.

"So we're not gonna be able to do it into our 70s, and I'm 67 now. We'll do it for a few more years, and then when we think it's time to go, we'll go, and we'll do it the right way, with a big party. I'd like to think that we would do something that rocks the planet - something big and worldwide and maybe free."

Simmons co-founded KISS with Paul Stanley in New York in January of 1973 from the ashes of the pair's previous band, Wicked Lester. Lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss rounded out the band's original, classic lineup, which was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Watch the full interview here.

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Allman Brothers' Warren Haynes Reacts To Gregg Allman's Death

Allman Brothers Band icon Warren Haynes has posted an online tribute to his former bandmate Greg Allman, who died on Saturday (May 27th) at his home in Savannah, Ga at the age of 69.

Haynes wrote the following tribute that same day on his Facebook page, "RIP Gregg Allman - I am at a loss for words. I was moved by Gregg's voice when I first heard the Allman Brothers Band in 1969. I was nine years old. I had not even picked up a guitar yet but thanks to my to older brothers I had been exposed to a lot of great soul music with the best singers in the world. But this was something different. This music was making a deep emotional connection with me even though it was too complex for me to really understand. Somehow, though, it had this "common man" quality that allowed that music to connect with people on so many different levels without analyzing the ingredients that went into it-soul, blues, rock, country, jazz-all mixed together in a way no one had ever done before. And on top of it all was this beautiful voice that could be soothing, terrifying, mellow, angry, and amazingly natural and soulful all at the same time-and instantly captivating. It drew me in. It drew us all in.

"Over the next few years I would begin to play guitar as everyone of my music loving friends became Allman Brothers' freaks. That music spoke to anyone who heard it but in the South it resonated with us. It spoke volumes. It brought a voice to people like myself in the midst of some confusing, ever-changing times. Here was this group of Southern hippies with an integrated band coming out of the Deepest South with equally deep music on the heels of some extremely deep changes. We didn't realize how heavy that was at the time but we sure realized how heavy the music was. Every guitar player in every Southern town was listening to the Live at Fillmore East record and worshipping at the altar of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. But the icing on the cake was always Gregg's voice. That's what separated the ABB from being a band that only connected with music freaks. Women whom previously had only listened to the radio would tolerate the long jams to get to the parts where Gregg melted their souls with that angelic voice. It turned casual music fans into fanatical fans who were discovering a new multi-dimensional music that a few years prior wasn't even in existence. And it was all due to Gregg's voice-and the songs." Read more here.

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Linkin Park Match Metallica and Eagles Record With New Album

(hennemusic) Linkin Park have scored their sixth No. 1 album in the U.S. with their just released new studio effort "One More Light" debuts in the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

The band's seventh album sold 111,000 equivalent album units (including the streaming metric) in its first week with 100,000 in actual album sales, reports Billboard.

Linkin Park joins a small list of rock bands that have delivered at least six US No. 1 albums, including The Beatles (with 19), The Rolling Stones (nine), Led Zeppelin and U2 (both with seven), and Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Eagles and Metallica - all with six each. Read more here.

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Foreigner Launching Musical and Announce New Tour Leg

Foreigner have announced the launch of their new musical "Juke Box Hero" next year and they have added a new Canadian leg to their 40th anniversary tour.

The new road trip will visit 10 cities and is scheduled to kick off on October 11th in Calgary, AB at the Southern Alberta Jubilee and will wrap up on October 22nd in Abbotsford, BC at the Abbotsford Centre.

The veteran band's new musical, "Juke Box Hero", will be opening in Alberta in 2018 and is based on a screenplay by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (The Commitments, Across The Universe, and The Tracey Ullman TV Show). Read more here.

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Anthrax Want To 'Make Beautiful Music' With Lady Gaga

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says that his band would "love" to follow in Metallica's footsteps and collaborate with pop star Lady Gaga, and says the idea occurred to them before Metallica's performance with her at the Grammy Awards earlier this year.

Ian told Duke TV (via Blabbermouth), "Yes, we would love to work with Lady Gaga. I think we put that out there a while ago. And then when we found out she was doing the Grammys with Metallica, I was, like, 'Wow! It makes sense. They're gonna be on a big TV show and do it together.' And I actually thought she was great on it.

"I've said since the beginning, since the first time I ever heard her voice, I always thought, 'Wow, I would really love to hear her sing on a rock record, metal record, whatever. And then our drummer, Charlie, ended up meeting her at a show and they became friends. And she knows all about Anthrax and Metallica and all these bands… whoever - name the band. She's a metalhead. So that made it even cooler. The fact that, all right, she knows that world, she understands that world, and she can sing the sh*t out of this kind of music." Read more here.

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Blink-182's Mark Hoppus Guests On New Goldfinger Album

Goldfinger have announced that they will be releasing their new album "The Knife" on July 21st which will be highlighted by a guest appearance from Blink-182's Mark Hoppus.

The new album, Goldfinger's first in nine years, will also feature appearances from 311 frontman Nick Hexum, Mighty Mighty Boss Tones guitarist Nate Albert, Twenty One Pilots' Josh Dun, ONE OK ROCK's Takahiro Moriuchi and others.

John Feldmann had this to say, "I took my time making this record...Nine years to be exact! I feel like I've made the most concise Goldfinger record in my career. We have all Goldfinger styles together as one, with Zakk Cervini, who mixed the Blink-182 record, and Travis Barker on drums, I couldn't be more proud of an album."

Fans can get an early taste of what is to come with the online stream of the track "Put The Knife Away" here.

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Debut New Song Online

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac stars Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are streaming "Sleeping Around The Corner" as the latest preview to their forthcoming self-titled debut album.

Due June 9, the set was introduced by the lead single, "In My World", and will be debuted live during a series of summer dates across North America starting June 21 in Atlanta, GA.

"We've always had a particular musical relationship since he first joined the band - it was immediate," McVie tells the Daily Express. "The whole band was just chemistry abounding but Lindsey and I, me being the piano player and him the guitar player, understand each other musically without saying anything.

"We've always worked well together over the years but never thought about doing an album together until recently and now we wonder why we didn't think about doing it before." Stream the new song here.

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Historic Queen Concert Film Set For TV Broadcast

The historic concert film "Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest" will be receiving its broadcast premiere on the AXS TV network on June 4th at 8PM E/5PM P.

The film was captured during the legendary rock band's performance at the Nepstadion in Budapest on July 27, 1986 and according to the announcement it occurred during frontman Freddie Mercury's final tour with the band.

The network also says that it was the biggest stadium concert of all time (attendance figures were not included) and supposedly marked the first time that a western rock band played a stadium concert behind the iron curtain. Check out a preview clip of their performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody" here.

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Mike Patton and Dave Lombardo's Dead Cross Announce Tour

The hardcore supergroup Dead Cross have announced the dates for their very first North American tour which will be visiting cities across the U.S. and Canada this summer.

The band features Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk), Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Misfits), Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox) and Michael Crain (Retox, Festival of Dead Deer).

The tour is scheduled to begin on August 10th in Santa Ana, CA at The Observatory and will run until September 23rd where it will wrap up with a show at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO. Read more and see the dates here.

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The Riverdogs Stream New Song 'Welcome To The New Disaster'

The Riverdogs, featuring Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard/Dio), are streaming a new track called "Welcome To The New Disaster", which comes from their forthcoming album "California".

The new studio effort is band's first new released in six years. It is set to be released on July 7th and is billed as a return to the sound of their acclaimed 1990 self-titled debut album.

The album features the reunited lineup of original members Campbell, Rob Lamothe (vocals, guitars) and Nick Brophy (bass, vocals) as well as long time drummer Marc Danzeisen. Stream the new song here.

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The Night Flight Orchestra Release 'Something Mysterious' Video

Supergroup The Night Flight Orchestra, which features members of Soilwork and Arch Enemy, have released a video for their track "Something Mysterious".

The song comes from the band's just released studio album "Amber Galactic". The group had the following to say about the track, "Almost everyone, no matter who they are, have experienced one, or perhaps even a few, epic nights in their lives.

"That night when you met the love of your life, and you couldn't go to sleep because your heart was beating too fast out of pure excitement and joy. That night when you lost the love of your life. The night when you thought that no matter what happens next, I'll remember this night for the rest of my life.

"Something Mysterious is a song about standing at that crossroads, gathering the courage to take that plunge into the unknown, knowing your life will never be the same again." Watch the video here.

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Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie Lead Rock Allegiance Lineup

Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie lead the lineup for this year's Rock Allegiance music festival which will taking place on October 7th at the BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden, NJ.

The event will feature performances from Marilyn Manson, Halestorm, Mastodon, Gojira, In This Moment, Steel Panther, August Burns Red, Beartooth, Starset, Radkey, Bleeker, Badflower, DED, While She Sleeps, Black Map, Greta Van Fleet, He Is Legend, Biters, Them Evils, and more to be announced.

Five Finger Death Punch's Zoltan Bathory had this to say, "Rock Allegiance has become a staple on the U.S. festival circuit. It's one of the coolest festivals out there for fans to discover new music and see their favorite bands live. We are excited to return this year to see our friends and fans in Philly. Don't miss it! It will be another great one this year." Read more here.

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Taking Back Sunday Launching Special Island Jamboree

Taking Back Sunday have announced that they will be launching their Summer Island Adventure Fun Time Jamboree early next year in Runaway Bay, Jamaica.

The special event will be taking place from January 4th and 8th with five days and four nights of activities including three electric sets and one acoustic performance from Taking Back Sunday.

The band will also be hosting a special karaoke night with fans and meet and greet session. Frank Iero and the Patience will also be playing 3 electric shows and one acoustic as well as a Q&A session with Iero. Read more here.

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Twiztid Launching New Pop Culture Convention Next Year

Twiztid have announced that they will be launching their very own pop culture convention next year which will dubbed the Astronomicon and will feature appearances from wrestling legend Mick Foley, horror icon Sid Haig, Friday the 13th star Kane Hodder.

The inaugural event is scheduled to take place on February 9th through 11th of next year in at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights, just outside of the duo's native Detroit.

They had the following to say, "We've always said if we did a convention it would be this way and that way... and it's finally all serious now and this is actually happening! We are excited out of this world - pardon the pun but we feel strongly that we can and will turn this into an annual event that will become a staple in entertainment amongst the convention scene. Growing up as nerdies we've attended everything from Comic Cons to Star Trek Conventions so we know what we, as nerdies, want this to be."

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Singled Out: Tengger Cavalry's Die On My Ride

Tengger Cavalry are gearing up to release their new album "Die On My Ride" on Friday (June 2nd) and to celebrate we asked frontman Nature G to tell us about the title track. Here is the story:

"Die on My Ride" was written while I was in a very dark mood. It was right after our second tour in October 2016. I had some personal struggles going on and found it hard to keep up with what I was doing and fighting for what I believe in. So that was the tone of the song, dark, nasty, but there is a little bit hope at the same time.

Confronting challenges from society, opinion, and the most harsh thing, yourself, your own doubt, is what made things harder. "Die on My Ride" is about everyone. We all have this kind of struggle, being pushed around by people, being given a model of behaviors and being questioned for your true self.

The song is about the darkness and the challenge, but it is also about a warrior spirit: that we have decided to die for whatever we are trying to achieve and having no regret for it, because we believe in the deepest truth that no one else can see. Only you can see it, so you decide to go for it, and you embrace the spirit of dying on this ride.

All the melodies and instruments are recorded in a twisted and dark texture, only piano parts give the final touch of our hope and love. I think it is pretty clear musically that what the song is about.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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